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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
The staff at Gertrude's has made and decorated a group of gingerbread Baltimore rowhouses for its Christmas display. Pretty cool, right. What other Baltimore restaurants have gone all out with holiday decorations? Tell us about some that you've seen. Snap a photo if you can and send it to richard.gorelick@baltsun.com . Remember, Gertude's has been serving an afternoon tea during the holiday season on most Saturdays and two selected Fridays. You have two more chances -- this Saturday, Dec. 24 and next Friday, Dec. 30. Seating times are at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Beverages include a selection of loose and bagged teas as well as coffee lemonade, juices and soft drinks.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Disney World is fine, but at Christmastime it's Maria Springer's home that is the happiest place on earth. Throughout the month of December, Springer hosts gingerbread-decorating workshops in her lovely Phoenix home. Her kitchen - transformed into a veritable Candyland with bowls and bowls of gumdrops, M&Ms and Hershey's kisses - is the stuff of kids' dreams. Each Saturday and Sunday leading up to Christmas, about 15 children, from toddlers to middle-schoolers, all dressed in their holiday best, descend on Springer's home.
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By Cathy Thomas and Cathy Thomas,Orange County Register | January 11, 1995
For many of us, warm gingerbread slathered with delicate dollops of whipped cream or teamed with sauteed apples or poached pears is comfort food at its all-time best. Not to be confused with the dense, brittle cookies cut into fanciful shapes, cake-style gingerbread is dark and moist, generally baked in square pans and served warm.For gingerbread fiends, the scent of warm cake redolent with ginger, molasses and cinnamon is one of life's great pleasures; the taste divine.Making gingerbread from scratch isn't at all complicated, but to ensure the best results, use the freshest and best ingredients available.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Throughout December, cooking instructor Maria Springer teaches gingerbread-house-decorating workshops at her home in Phoenix. The classes are open to kids ages 5 to 12 (and their parents). Springer serves tea and teaches children how to create magical gingerbread houses via fun (and sometimes messy) hands-on instruction. For more information about the workshops, visit majaskitchen.com or call 410-561-1157.    
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By Jean Thompson | November 18, 1990
What ingredients produce great gingerbread houses? Teamwork. A blueprint. Plenty of sugar and flour. And time -- lots of it.Chefs Michael Rork and Holly Forbes teamed with architects Bill Keller and Carl Oehrig for more than a week to craft this Fells Point scene of cake, icing and chocolate. Their City Pier diorama stands unsupported -- no plywood or hidden frame.What holds it up? "Sheer luck," quips Ms. Forbes (and a solid design, tested for soundness before construction began). Working from photographs, they drafted plans and cut templates for each wall and window, then baked and painted for a week.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1995
Dana Cook has been in the cookie-making business for only six months, but already she has earned a name for herself."They call me Martha Stewart," Mrs. Cook said with a laugh. "They think I'm crazy."Mrs. Cook, founder and sole chef of Cookie Creations bakery and delivery service, runs the business out of her Arnold home.The reason her friends think she's strange is her gingerbread spoons and bowls. Her home is filled with gingerbread creations. Gingerbread hearts wait to be used as Christmas tree decorations.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Disney World is fine, but at Christmastime it's Maria Springer's home that is the happiest place on earth. Throughout the month of December, Springer hosts gingerbread-decorating workshops in her lovely Phoenix home. Her kitchen - transformed into a veritable Candyland with bowls and bowls of gumdrops, M&Ms and Hershey's kisses - is the stuff of kids' dreams. Each Saturday and Sunday leading up to Christmas, about 15 children, from toddlers to middle-schoolers, all dressed in their holiday best, descend on Springer's home.
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By Elinor Klivans and Elinor Klivans,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | November 29, 2000
From a historical point of view, gingerbread is one of the oldest of cakes. Early history is sketchy, but an ancient version of gingerbread using honey as the sweetener was probably first baked by Greeks on the island of Rhodes around 2400 B.C. Romans copied the idea and spread the recipe as their empire grew. Extravagantly decorated gingerbread appeared during the Middle Ages, and ladies gave them to their knights before tournaments. A forerunner of gingerbread men was the ornately decorated gingerbread molded to reproduce the features of guests that Queen Elizabeth entertained at royal feasts.
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By Janell Sutherland | March 19, 2012
This week, "The Amazing" Race brings us whimsy. Are you ready for whimsy? Then you are ready for Bavaria. Plus, later on, Phil gets meta. I think. Let's go! All teams get the heck out of Italy and travel to Austria via trains. Bopper and Mark started nine hours behind Art and JJ, the Border Patrol Agents. Luckily, with the train schedule and the opening time for their first Route Marker, the teams are almost bunched together. Mental Preparation Let's check in with everybody's heads first and see where they're at. Art and JJ, after two first-place finishes, are glad to be friends and coworkers, not bogged down by romantic entanglements.
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By Lori Sears | November 16, 2000
Gingerbread event Learn how to assemble a gingerbread house Saturday at Mount Clare Museum House when Sally Johnston demonstrates the art just in time for the holidays. Visitors will learn assembling tips, get gingerbread recipes and decorate their own gingerbread men and women. Visitors will also learn the history of gingerbread, which traces back to medieval Europe. Children can listen to a reading of the classic tale, "Hansel and Gretel." And tours of Mount Clare will be offered at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.
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By Janell Sutherland | March 19, 2012
This week, "The Amazing" Race brings us whimsy. Are you ready for whimsy? Then you are ready for Bavaria. Plus, later on, Phil gets meta. I think. Let's go! All teams get the heck out of Italy and travel to Austria via trains. Bopper and Mark started nine hours behind Art and JJ, the Border Patrol Agents. Luckily, with the train schedule and the opening time for their first Route Marker, the teams are almost bunched together. Mental Preparation Let's check in with everybody's heads first and see where they're at. Art and JJ, after two first-place finishes, are glad to be friends and coworkers, not bogged down by romantic entanglements.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
The staff at Gertrude's has made and decorated a group of gingerbread Baltimore rowhouses for its Christmas display. Pretty cool, right. What other Baltimore restaurants have gone all out with holiday decorations? Tell us about some that you've seen. Snap a photo if you can and send it to richard.gorelick@baltsun.com . Remember, Gertude's has been serving an afternoon tea during the holiday season on most Saturdays and two selected Fridays. You have two more chances -- this Saturday, Dec. 24 and next Friday, Dec. 30. Seating times are at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Beverages include a selection of loose and bagged teas as well as coffee lemonade, juices and soft drinks.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2011
When is hard candy more than just something to eat? Perhaps when you make it from 15 pounds of raw materials, stir in blue and green food coloring, add miniature "waves" as the mass hardens, and let the giant aquatic-looking entity surround the tiny lighthouse you've already crafted from other edible objects. "The Thomas Point Lighthouse," the scenic-but-sugary creation of Don and Marlena Dillenbeck of Hanover, is a contender this year in a gingerbread house competition sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation, a contest in which creativity, technical skill and awareness of local history are as important as ingredients to a recipe.
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December 25, 2008
theater Rodgers & Hammerstein: They might not be carols in the strictest sense, but the songwriting duo's rhapsodic melodies put hope in your heart. An Enchanted Evening: Everyman Theatre Presents Rodgers & Hammerstein will feature music from South Pacific, Oklahoma!, The King and I and The Song of Music. See the concert tomorrow through Tuesday at 1727 N. Charles St. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $30. Call 410-752-2208 or go to everymantheatre.org. Mary CaroleMcCauley arts 'Green Community': Innovative examples of environmentally friendly design are featured in Green Community, an exhibit that goes beyond bamboo floors and fluorescent light bulbs to explore the complex process of creating and sustaining healthy communities.
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By Gholam Rahman and Gholam Rahman,Cox News Service | January 16, 2008
I need about 1 1/2 cups of flour for making cookies but would like to include some whole-wheat flour in the mix. In what proportions should I mix regular all-purpose with whole wheat for the best results? Part of the answer depends on what kind of cookies you are planning to bake. The change will be more noticeable, both in appearance and taste, if the cookies are either thinner or whiter, such as sugar or gingerbread cookies, and less obtrusive in more robust ones like oatmeal or chocolate chip.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | December 14, 2007
There's a lot more to building a shingled roof than you might think. James Barrett, the executive chef at The Westin Annapolis Hotel, found out recently when he built his first shingled roofs out of cereal. "It's a lot of work ... every tile on the roof was laid one piece at a time," Barrett said. "It's very hard to get it all perfectly aligned." The roofs topped houses that are part of a gingerbread village that Barrett built. The village, in the lobby of the Westin Annapolis, will be on display through Jan. 6 at the hotel.
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By Lori Sears | November 15, 2001
Learn how to make a gingerbread house Learn how to make gingerbread houses Sunday at Mount Clare Mansion. Visitors will assist Sally Johnston in constructing houses with gingerbread, candy and icing. Children may also decorate gingerbread men and gingerbread women. In addition, visitors can learn the history of gingerbread, which traces back to medieval Europe. Tours of Mount Clare will be offered at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Mount Clare Mansion, 1500 Washington Blvd.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | February 23, 1992
Full-skirted verandas and classic gingerbread decorations are distinguishing features of Baywalk, a $6 million condominium complex whose first phase opened recently in the Calvert County village of North Beach.Reservations can be made by calling Mr. Gealy at 825-1212.
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By Julie Rothman and Julie Rothman,Special to The Sun | November 21, 2007
Kenneth Kelm of Glen Burnie was hoping someone would have the recipe for the "delightful" gingerbread cupcakes with chocolate frosting made by the now-closed Wolfe's bakery, which was in downtown Baltimore. Unfortunately, no one has yet sent in the exact recipe from Wolfe's that Kelm was looking for, but I had a recipe in my own collection for Gingerbread Cupcakes With Lemon-Cream-Cheese Frosting from the January 1990 issue of Gourmet magazine. This is a favorite recipe in our house, particularly this time of year.
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By Matthew Kasper and Matthew Kasper,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 26, 2004
Last year, there were no losers in the gingerbread house competition at the Hays House Museum on Kenmore Avenue in Bel Air. Of course, there was also only one winner, recounted Hays House director Millicent Jordan, because there was only one entry in the event sponsored by the Historical Society of Harford County. "We don't really want to publicize that," Jordan said. The contest was pushed back a week this year so it wouldn't conflict with the Bel Air Armory's gingerbread contest, and more than 40 Bel Air high school students participated.
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